Bills It took nearly all of the first half, but the Bills finally got their Christmas present on Saturday Night as they defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-22, at SoFi Stadium. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Tyler Bass kicked a 29-yard game-winning field goal to give Buffalo the win it needed to stay in contention for a playoff berth. Ed Oliver sealed the victory by sacking the Chargers’ Easton Stick for a second time in the game, putting pressure on the Chargers’ offense as the clock expired.

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It took almost all of the first half of the third quarter, but the Bills finally got their Christmas present early Saturday night, defeating the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-22, at SoFi Stadium. Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 25 of 38 passes for 237 yards, one touchdown, and an interception, while also adding 15 rushing yards and two scores.

Allen’s 11th game with a rushing and passing touchdown extended his NFL single-season single-game record set against the Dallas Cowboys last week. Defensive end Taylor Rapp led the Bills with 9 total tackles, while the front four – led by defensive end Rasul Douglas – had three total sacks.

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After two drives bogged down early in the second half, the Bills were down by ten points early in the third quarter. The Chargers scored on a short touchdown drive following a field goal by Deonte Harty on a punt return.

Buffalo’s defense forced the Chargers into a three-and-outs in the second quarter, allowing the offense to take control of the game. The Bills would not give up a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. On the Bills’ first possession of the second half, it took just one play for the Bills to reach the end zone.

Allen dropped back, rolled right, and hit Gabe Davis perfectly on a 57-yard pass. Davis, who hadn’t caught a pass in the Bills’ last two games, caught four passes for 130 yards and the game-winning touchdown. The Bills’ third touchdown of the game was set up by a deep ball from Allen, allowing Buffalo to pull away for the win.

Leonard Fournette’s first carry of the game went for a three-yard gain, his first as a Buffalo Bill. Fournette, a former LSU Tiger, finished with five carries for fifteen yards after being activated from the practice squad for the first time. The Bills made some key mistakes throughout the game, yet they were able to overcome them at the end.

In the first quarter, Harty fumbled the ball on the Bills’ 31-yard line, giving the Chargers a two-point lead. In the second half, Christian Benford caught an interception deep in Bills territory, but was penalized for defensive holding, negating the turnover. On the next play, Allen intercepted a pass and returned it to the Bills’ 1-yard line, setting up a field goal for L.A. Buffalo cut the Chargers’ lead to three points late in the third quarter.

On the next drive, the Bills got their season-first sack on the drive by a defensive tackle. After driving to the Bills’ 16-yard-line, the Chargers were forced to kick a field goal. Buffalo then drove 75 yards down the field, which was capped by Allen’s second TD of the game, giving the Bills more breathing room.

In the second half, penalties killed positive plays. First-down conversions were negated on consecutive plays by penalties on the Bills’ end. On the Bills’ 23-yard line, a penalty on Spencer Brown and a penalty on Mitch Morse wiped out a first down. Instead of advancing to the Chargers’ end, the Bills were forced to back up to their own. On the fourth down, Allen got sacked for the second time in the game, forcing the Bills to force a fourth-and-goal from the Chargers’ 20-yard-line. Another penalty forced Bills punter Sam Martin to return the ball from the Bills’ own end zone.

Despite the offensive penalties, Martin delivered a 58-yard game-winning field goal. The Bills’ punter helped the team control the field for most of the game, putting the Chargers inside the 10-yard line on two occasions and inside the 15 once on each of his first four punts. The Bills improved to 9-6 and moved into sixth place in the AFC East ahead of a full schedule of key conference games on Sunday.